Our educational philosophy embraces mastery-based learning, cross-curricular activities, and ability grouping. We meet students at their current level and help them move up to their potential as quickly as possible. We offer a broad curriculum and utilize a combination of accredited, internationally recognized curricula, innovative teaching methods, and proven traditional instructional materials--always customized to meet individual needs in a small classroom setting.
English Language Arts: Our customized curriculum, based on literature, poetry and composition, emphasizes critical thinking. Students use Complete English for Cambridge Secondary 1 - supplemented with grammar, spelling, vocabulary, and reading comprehension resources. Middle school students also use the Cover Story writing curriculum.
Mathematics and Science are taught using Cambridge International Secondary 1,
a highly acclaimed, internationally recognized curriculum organized into clear lessons and hands-on activities. Small math groups allow students the maximum opportunity to ask questions, solve problems together, and increase math confidence. Weekly science labs, annual science fair projects, and other projects enrich our math and science program.
Other teaching resources include: Saxon Math and Algebra Nation.
WCA’s special emphasis is our music program. Mrs. Oaks, Mrs. Valdez, and Mrs. Philleo bring world-class training, years of performance and teaching experience, and a real passion for music to the school. We have three performance choirs, including an advanced, auditioned group. The piano class is open to all middle school students and includes individual keyboard instruction, theory and music history. Students perform frequently throughout the year at school and community events. Our chorus passed the audition for the Disney Performing Arts program at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL where we performed in May 2016. We are scheduled to perform again in March 2017. Our music instructors maintain private studios and lessons after school to interested WCA students.
Art at WCA allow students to explore their own creativity with a variety of materials. The students will have opportunities to explore traditional art skills and projects by learning digital arts such as animation, digital imaging, film, and more.They receive guidance from a professional artist and experienced teacher. Student artwork is regularly displayed at school events.
Character education sets the tone for the school day, emphasizing shared values, positive behavior, and personal organization. Guest speakers are invited from the community to introduce students to a variety of educational paths and career options. They encourage students to plan for college graduation and success in work and family life.
We are happy to provide our students with 45 minutes of Physical Education air on a daily basis. WCA also offers Yoga classes as an alternative to Physical Education.
We are proud and honored to be an official accredited school with the world-renowned Accreditation International organization. To learn more about this incredible accreditation educational organization, please click on the following link - CLICK HERE